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September 18, 2018
In Focus Today
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Wrongly imprisoned: the James Tillman story
James Tillman.
(wnpr) - James Tillman spent 18 years in Connecticut prisons for a rape he did not commit. He is now free and wants compensation.

In 1988, James Tillman, a black 26 year-old, man was arrested for the rape of a white woman in Hartford.

Though he maintained his innocence, he was convicted a year later and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

Tillman served 18 years. Then a new DNA test last year proved he was innocent, and he was released from prison, his convictions vacated.

Now, Tillman is struggling to put his life back together, and is asking for 5-million dollars compensation from the state. His attorney says this is for the loss of his liberty, the pain and suffering his wrongful imprisonment caused, and the physical and emotional injuries this also led to.

Today on Where We Live, James Tillman tells his story.

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